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Midnight Run [DVD] [1988]

Robert De Niro , Charles Grodin , Martin Brest    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Writers: George Gallo
  • Producers: Martin Brest, Dan York, William S. Gilmore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2000
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TLAR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Martin Brest rocketed to the top of Hollywood's A list with the blockbuster success of Beverly Hills Cop, and this 1988 follow-up is even better. Midnight Run is a genuine rarity--an action comedy that's dramatically satisfying--thanks to a sharp script by George Gallo, the superb teaming of Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, and Brest's consummate skill in combining suspense and humour with well-developed characters. De Niro plays a maverick bounty hunter whose latest assignment is Grodin, an accountant accused of embezzling from the Mob. De Niro thinks he's in for an easy job, transporting Grodin (who's afraid to fly) from New York to Los Angeles, but soon discovers that both the FBI and the Mafia are hot on Grodin's trail. Equal parts road trip, action thriller, and a quirky character study, Midnight Run moves at a breakneck pace but still gives De Niro and Grodin time to create rich, memorable performances as two men who seem to be opposites, but gradually develop mutual respect and admiration. Mainstream entertainment at its best. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is sent to catch an accountant (Charles Grodin) who has jumped bail. However, the Mafia and a rival bounty hunter are also after the same target, and when Jack catches up with him, he finds himself cast in the unlikely role of his charge's protector.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece 24 Dec 2004
By Martin
Format:DVD
Midnight Run is one of those films that people wrongly badged on its release and ever since then. This gem of a movie ranks amongst De Niro's best films, certainly one of the funniest.
It is an extraordinary roller-coaster ride full of some of the most memorable and funny one-liners on film. The director, Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Scent of a Woman) assembled a cast that could not have been bettered - from the two leads (Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin) whose on-screen chemistry is a joy to watch, to the hilarious, malevolent mob boss played to perfection by Dennis Farina (who some will know as Lt Mike Torello of the TV series "Crime Story") and to the double-crossing bail bondsman (the excellent Joe Pantoliano from the "Matrix").

De Niro plays the wronged-ex-cop-turned-bounty-hunter, Jack Walsh, who is conned into his "one last job" to bring in the bail-jumping ex accountant (Grodin) of a Chicago mob boss, who has embezzled $15million from his former employer and given it to charity. From one single event on a plane (Grodin's hilarious "fear of flying" act) the whole film grips you by the throat and does not let you go.
The sheer pace of the film keeps you locked in your seat, waiting to see what happens next. The dialogue comes at you like bullets, but unlike most other films of this genre this is a very polished piece of cinema. The comic timing from each of the actors is perfect. The lines aren't just delivered they are snarled, spat out and slapped across the face. The angst, cynicism and sheer exhaustion conveyed to perfection by each of the main characters creates incredible edges to this film.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** TOP NOTCH ACTION COMEDY **** 15 Oct 2002
By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is the story of a bounty hunter (De Niro) trying to get to LA with white collar criminal (Grodin) to collect a million dollar bounty. Unfortunately for him though, not only his bounty ann incessant pain in the ass but he's also got the mob, the Feds and another bounty hunter all trying to stop him collecting his pay check.
Midnight Run is a rare gem, a top class action comedy with one of the most unusual screen "buddy" partnerships in cinematic history, which has sadly been somewhat overlooked by the majority of people and that's a great shame because it boasts great characters, great comedy, great action scenes, a wonderful plot and a brilliant script with stand-out performances from Dennis Farina, Charles Grodin and in particular Robert De Niro who proves what a great comedic (as well as character) actor he is.
Expertly directed by Martin Brest, who directed Beverly Hills Cop (and Scent Of A Woman), this is in my opinion a much better movie than the much lauded Eddie Murphy movie and a must see, particularly if you are a fan of Robert De Niro. In fact it is so good I'd give the movie five stars if it weren't for the lack of extras on the DVD but (especially at a budget price) this is definitely one well worth adding to your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
I have long been a fan of this movie. It was shamefully overlooked as just another buddy/road movie at the time, but the performances of all involved are truly fantastic.
De Niro works in bailer bonds (I know, American stuff - but not complicated) basically he chases those nasty old criminals who have skipped bail. He is an ex-cop who is fed up and wants out. He is soon granted the opportunity in the form of a $100,000 contract to catch a seemingly harmless accountant who ripped off some Mob guys and, fearing for his life, has disappeared.
The pursuit that follows is hilarious, action packed and Charles Grodin is exceptional as the quiet but still annoyingly-in-your face accountant.
I aint gonna tell you anymore other than get it...it is a whole lot of fun (and the soundtrack is great too).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 April 2008
By KN VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Midnight Run is an action comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin as bounty hunter and bounty respectively. Jack Walsh (De Niro) must deliver ex-Mob accountant Jonathon Mardukis, a.k.a "the Duke", (Grodin) to L.A. bail bondsman Joe Pantoliano on time to collect his $100,000 fee.

It seems like an easy job ("a midnight run") but fate has other plans. De Niro and Grodin end up going cross-country by plane, train and road with action and laughs all the way. With the FBI, bumbling Mobsters (led by the frustrated Dennis Farina) and a rival bounty hunter (John Ashton) all fighting to get their hands on the Duke, there is no let up in the entertainment.

The dialogue, acting and pace all flows so brilliantly. Though not known for his comedy, De Niro excels in the role. The music by Danny Elfman is also top drawer. A great 80s buddy movie that has not aged a bit. An excellent movie that I highly recommend.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 7 May 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this film originally on TV, then decided to buy it.
Midnight Run is possibly one of the funniest films ive ever seen. Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin make the perfect combination. Throughout the film they constantly get at each others throats.
Robert De Niro is a bounty hunter sent on what is seen as an easy pickup. It turns out to be the exact opposite.
Extremely cleverly plotted, extremely well written, Funny as hell, some nice action, and various ways of expressing the word f*** make this an absoloutly brilliant movie!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
very funny
Published 5 hours ago by Mr. P. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Well worth it
Great film. Well worth it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight run
Classic.Saw it first when it came out and has stood the test of time.Great story and great acting.Yaphett Kotto is there as a bonus!!
Published 6 days ago by Lisa J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not out on Blu-Ray?
You can forget Lethal Weapon, 48Hrs, Running Scared, Red Heat, K-9, Turner & Hooch, The Last Boy Scout, The Hard Way, and Tango & Cash - Midnight Run is the best Buddy Cop movie of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by George Nada
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent comedy with excellent performances from both actors a good...
A excellent comedy with excellent performances from both actors a good script that has them going from the airport to different modes of transport
Published 14 days ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film purchased as a present
Arrived promptly and as described. Great film purchased as a present.
Published 1 month ago by Lava
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever road movies.
One of the greatest, yet overlooked, road movies of all time. Superlative script (a yardstick for budding screenwriters) and unbeatable performances from Robert de Niro and Charles... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tuco Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on!
Spot on! 5 star
Published 1 month ago by Bernard Patrick Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service and product
Great product, speedy delivery, no problems at all. Would recommend seller
Published 2 months ago by nicki
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